Future Links September 16th 2014

Today our news roundup from the printing industry covers another Stratasys acquisition, DNA technology as brand protection, a new solution in 3D printing hydrogels, a webinar on flexible displays and sensors, braille printing on packaging, offset and digital joining together and ‘Print The Legend’s trailer.

Stratasys makes another acquisition
This has been the year of acquisitions within the 3D printing space. Now giant Stratasys has announced another one: They will acquire GrabCAD which is a file sharing service for CAD models. It allows designers and engineers to work together on projects and is currently used by over one million engineers.
More at 3D Print 

DNA technology as brand protection
With the high-growth business of counterfeiting, brand protection is a huge concern for brand owners. Applied DNA Sciences (ADNAS) leverages plant DNA to create a unique marking and authentication system. In this interview, James Hayward, CEO of ADNAS, tells us about the technology’s use in packaged products.
More at Packaging Digest

New solution in 3D printing hydrogels
Usually, hydrogels are limited by their weak mechanical properties and scientists have been continually challenged in finding ways to make them tougher. Now, Australian scientists created a new solution in 3D printing fiber-reinforced hydrogels. Their new process simultaneously prints with two inks on a 3D printer customized with a UV curing system.
More at 3D Print

Webinar on flexible displays and sensors
The latest innovation in gadgets are smart watches equipped with curved OLED displays that are thinner, lighter, and with better colors compared to backlit liquid crystal displays. However, the next evolution, plastic and flexible displays, is already on its way. IDTech is hosting a free webinar on this topic taking place on 25th September at 10:30 am (CEST).
More at Printed Electronics World

Braille printing on packaging
Nolato Jaycare developed a process to print braille with a thickness of up to 0,5 mm directly onto the surface of plastic containers. This brings new abilities for Nolato Medical Pharma Packaging to print braille on pharmaceutical packaging.
More at Market Watch

Offset and digital join together
The two global leaders in their specialization, Manroland China Ltd and Fuji Xerox China have entered into a strategic alliance. With the collaboration they are trying to offer tailor-made solutions in offset and digital printing, thus customers may capture new business opportunities.
More at What They Think

‘Print The Legend’ has a trailer
As already mentioned in our Future Links a few days ago, Netflix transforms 3D printers to movie stars by presenting a documentary. Now ’Print The Legend’ finally has a trailer. The 3D printing documentary focuses on ground-breaking aspects of 3D printing, its dangerous consequences as well as Makerbot Industries and its founders.
More at Tubefilter